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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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A. H. BOST is a farmer and stock-raiser of Vergennes Township, and although young in years, he is numbered among the most substantial and prosperous agriculturists of Jackson County. He is descended from one of the oldest and most highly respected families of this community, his father being W. A. Bost, who removed to southern Illinois in 1853, and first located on Nine Mile Prairie, in Perry County, where he purchased a farm. Subsequently, he erected and carried on a flouring mill in DeSoto. He was twice married, his first wife dying two years after their marriage. His second wife bore the maiden name of Amanda Crews.

A. H. Bost was born in De Soto July 26, 1868. Under the parental roof he was reared to manhood, and in the public schools acquired his education. No event of special importance occurred during his boyhood. After he had attained his majority, he was united in marriage with Miss Lizzie Schroder, daughter of J. M. Schroder, a resident of Murphysboro. By their union has been born one child, a daughter, Edith.

Mr. Bost is the owner of a fine farm, comprising one hundred and thirty-six acres of valuable land, on which abundant crops are growing. He is also extensively engaged in stock-raising, in fact it is the main part of his business. He makes a specialty of breeding Hambletonian horses, which have a fine pedigree and make good records. He has some fine Hambletonian stallions at his stables in Vergennes. He also raises thorough-bred Poland-China hogs, and makes extensive shipments of them to markets far and near. Upon his farm he now has a boarding stable for fine horses. Mr. Bost thoroughly understands his business, and although yet a young man, he has met with excellent success in life, for he is industrious and enterprising and makes the most of his opportunities. He has a wide circle of friends and acquaintances in this community, where he has always lived, and his excellencies of character are recognized by his fellow-townsmen. The best interests of the community find in him a friend, and he is a valued citizen.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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